Vidock: Neigh everyone! I hope you have had a good week. I have had several visits from #1 this week which has been excellent. She of course always brings her camera, and this is the latest Horseketeers shot se snapped!
That little Apollon is quite a pipsqueak and I have to keep him in line!
#1 told me about her visit to the mare's milk place. She made some friends there, it would seem... This little guy was so cute that it looks like one of the ladies who went along with #1 is actually going to buy him when he is weaned!
And then there was this Picardy Shepherd pup who quite stole #1's heart!
As for the little Charolais calves in the field next to Poupounette Central, they are continuing to grow nicely under the eye of their mums:
By the way did you know that there is a fabulous flower show on over at Alassandra, The Cats and A Dog blog? We sent them our contribution, but in the spirit of things, here are a few more shots of our wildflowers:
#1 here. I would like to thank all those who left interesting and thoughtful comments to yesterday's post. There are just two more things I would like to say on the matter. Exploitation is clearly something that worries many people. Firstly, please be aware that mares have an excellent built-in anti-exploitation mechanism: unless their foals are with them and they are feeling relaxed, they will NOT give milk! Secondly, please bear in mind that rural life is tough and operates on the same economic principles as the rest of the world. Farmers are pragmatic and will simply not keep/feed/take care of animals who do no have "jobs." Draft horses came dangerously close to extinction after mechanisation, and finding them new "jobs" is part of the ongoing fight for their survival. The point is not that they work, as we all must do, but that they can do so in a humane and respectful environment, as the great Temple Grandin has spent her life working towards.